Josh Giddey Breaks LaMelo Ball's Record as Youngest NBA Player to Post Triple-Double

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 3, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck

LaMelo Ball's record didn't last long.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds during Sunday's 95-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. It was quite the showing for the rookie, although it wasn't enough to overcome OKC's general issues on the offensive end during a low-scoring affair.

Giddey broke LaMelo Ball's record as the youngest player in NBA history to finish a game with a triple-double.


The YOUNGEST to ever record a triple-double 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/joshgiddey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@joshgiddey</a> <a href="https://t.co/vyFmHT9pvJ">pic.twitter.com/vyFmHT9pvJ</a>

Giddey turned 19 years old in October, while Ball turned 19 in August 2020 before his rookie campaign. The Charlotte Hornets guard's first triple-double came as a rookie in a January win over the Atlanta Hawks, although he got a later start since the beginning of the schedule that season was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Thunder fell to 13-23 on the campaign, although Giddey, who was the No. 6 overall pick of the 2021 NBA draft, showed he can be a bright spot and building block during a disappointing season.